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IA Certification

An individual can apply for Information Assurance (IA) certification for any of the 6 roles:

  • Accreditor
  • IA Auditor
  • Communications Security Officer/Crypto Custodian
  • IT Security Officer/Information Security System Manager/Information Security System Officer
  • Security and Information Risk Advisor
  • IA Architect

At three levels:

  • Practitioner
  • Senior Practitioner
  • Lead Practitioner

The three levels of certification are not cumulative, i.e. you do not need to be certified at Practitioner level to apply for the Senior Practitioner level.

It is accepted that the Practitioner and the Senior Practitioner levels are closely related. In normal circumstances, someone will progress from Practitioner to Senior Practitioner though their usual work-related activity. Commonly several Practitioners may work for, or under the authority of, a Senior Practitioner.

The Lead Practitioner level is different. They will work at a strategic level influencing the most senior people in their organisation usually at Senior Management Board level. They may not hold the same level of technical skills as those working at the Practitioner or Senior Practitioner levels. It is unlikely that an applicant will be accepted at Lead level on experience of working at Practitioner or Senior Practitioner levels alone - they will need to demonstrate that they have worked in the highest management levels of their organisation.

The assessment process stages will encompass:

  • An online application
  • A technical evaluation
  • An online personal assessment questionnaire to be completed by yourself and your referees
  • An interview
  • Result notification


How our online certification process works    A look at how our online certification process works with Helen Platt


Benefits of IA Certification

  • Independent verification of your IA skills & competence
  • Better matching between public sector requirements for IA expertise and the competence of individuals providing that expertise
  • IA certification is a pre-requisite for CLAS membership
  • Clearer career path development
  • Formal recognition of IA skills

Why choose APMG?

  • APMG has been providing certification of individuals since 1993
  • BAPMG is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)
  • The IA application process is entirely online
  • Assessment interviews can be conducted during the day, evenings and at weekends
  • Assessment interviews are conducted by telephone interview - which provides greater flexibility in dates & times and no travel is required
  • No requirement for annual membership fees

If you have already registered and received your login details, use the login button above to access your application.

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